Singapore is an incredible melting pot of cultures, modernization and luxury. Thanks to one of the world’s most efficient transportation system, exploring this small city-state is incredible easy. Travelers can explore the world renowned hawker markets, temples, Gardens by the Bay and grab a drink at the famed rooftop bars all before lunch.
Singapore is an architectural dream, with towering buildings that seem to defy all architectural possibilities. We spent an entire day just wandering around the ultra-clean streets, admiring the beautiful buildings. You can spend 2 days in Singapore, or a week, and take advantage of every neighborhood. Time permitting, don’t skip Sentosa Island.
Singapore offers a tremendous number of luxury hotels, ranging from boutique brands to towering modern mega-hotels. Singapore has some of the most incredible luxury properties that we have personally experienced and they do come at a steep price. Given its bustling business and leisure scene, there really is not cheap time to stay at one of the best hotels in Singapore.
Hotels like the Parkroyal on Pickering offer guests the spectacular hanging gardens and sky pools, while the boutique properties, like The Warehouse Hotel, provide guests with a sexy small-hotel feel. Brands like Marriott and Hyatt are offering rooms at a steeper points rate, but may be just the thing you need to get yourself a great stay. The Andaz in Singapore, for example, is going for 25,000 points per night for the $450-500 USD room.
Taxis are everywhere, as is the public transportation system. Taxis are more expensive than some of the other Asian countries like Hong Kong, but they are also incredible safe and clean. In general, Singapore is clean, respectful and organized. The Metro (MRT), is cheap, ranging from $.50 to $2.00 depending on where you’re going. Travelers can move from neighborhood to neighborhood using the Metro and walk just about anywhere once you get off.
Singapore offers world-class dining experiences, even down to stalls at the Hawker Centers. Two stalls at Singapore’s famous markets have earned Michelin stars, including the Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle Stall and Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle. Don’t expect anything fancy, but the food is exceptional.
Street food not your thing? Check out one of the other world-renowned restaurants in Singapore, including Odette, Candlenut or Les Amis.
Between markets and luxury shops, you’ll have more than plenty to do if you’re looking to pick up some items in Singapore. Orchard Road offers over 2 kilometers of massive shopping malls. Chinatown offers endless bargain shopping during the evening hours, with everything from candles to jewelry to clothing.
Lastly, head to Clarke Quay for shops and waterfront dining options.
Its contemporary and modern culture consists of Asian and European cultures. Singapore has been known as a country where “East meets West”. Hawker Centers and the food culture bring Singaporeans together in the social and delicious way you see portrayed in Crazy Rich Asians.
Keep in mind, Singapore is also well known for fines and jokes about the harsh government restrictions have been going on since I lived there in the late 1990’s. Be mindful and respectful of the local laws, including where you can and cannot smoke or chew gum.
Organizing a trip is complicated! You have to think about hotels, getting around, activities, and most importantly, flights. Here are some tips for finding a great deal!
As far as southeast Asia goes, Singapore is expensive. Food, drinks and shopping are on the higher side of the spectrum. If you’re accustomed to the $.25 USD fried rice, you won’t find it here. Expect to pay upwards of $10 for the same plate of food.
Hotels are also on the pricier side. Our recommendation is to save up your points, because they can be a great value in this pricey city. Not to mention, hotels in Singapore have incredible facilities, such as sky pools and world-class fitness centers.
Suggested daily budget – Typical food & beverage costs range depending on how high-end the hotel brand is, but we typically budget $300 per day for food & alcohol, allowing us the flexibility to eat the hotel or nearby. Transfers to & from the hotel to the airport range as well, but we typically budget $30-40. Keep in mind that Singapore is on the more expensive side and you don’t want to miss out on the incredible experiences, so budget for a little extra breathing room.
Singapore is a great, year-round destination. However, November-January, aka part of high season happens to fall in line with monsoon season. The highest prices will be between November-June, while travelers will find Singapore a tad quieter in June-October with less severe weather.
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Planning a trip to Singapore can be daunting. First, we recommend establishing a daily budget for hotels and F&B. This will help you establish where you want to stay. Many hotels offer free breakfast, so that’s a bonus.
Singapore is a small city-state, so you can’t go wrong with location. Staying near Marina Bay or Clarke Quay is a safe bet as it’s close to all the action. Be sure to consider that much of the activity in Singapore happens a night. While it may be a fight with jetlag, we recommend staying up late and heading to the Hawker Centers and late night markets for shopping.